Bachelor in Paradise is like summer camp for Bachelor Nation alums. While it's pretty common for new contestants to pop up throughout the season, they are almost always people who have appeared on previous seasons of the Bachelor franchise. That all changed, though, with this season of Paradise, when a newbie made her way to Mexico. This wasn't any ordinary newbie, though. Demi Burnett's off-screen love interest Kristian Haggerty joined hit the beach in Week 3, and Demi and Kristian's reunion on Bachelor in Paradise was so emotional for so many reasons.
Going into this season of Bachelor in Paradise, Demi was honest about the fact that she was leaving behind a relationship with a woman who meant a lot to her. She was still open to new relationships, though, and she did pursue one with Derek. But no matter how close Demi got to Derek, she couldn't get Kristian out of her mind.
Demi was pretty distraught over her love triangle, so much so that her bestie Hannah B. came straight from her season of The Bachelorette to offer Demi an open ear and some advice. Hannah told Demi to be honest about her feelings, and so she told Chris Harrison the truth about how much she missed Kristian. She even contemplated leaving Paradise, but Chris had something else in store for her.
Chris told Demi he wanted to put her in the best position to find love. That's when he guided her to meet Kristian as she made her way into Paradise. Demi burst into tears (as did much of Bachelor Nation watching, probably), and it was clear how happy both of them were to see each other.
Kristian explained how she'd been missing Demi while she was gone. "It's been so hard. I've never been in a relationship like this," Kristian said. "My biggest support and commitment to you is to let you do what you have to do and what you want to do."
Demi told Kristian she had begun a relationship with Derek, which Kristian said was hard to hear. "I only came here for you. I don't want to be just an option for you," Kristian said to Demi.
Kristian that she only wanted to be there if Demi was on the same page as her about being all-in on their relationship. Demi assured her she wanted to be with only her.
"The more I was away from you the more I thought about you," Demi told Kristian. "The second that I saw you, I knew it's you and it's always been you and I want to be with you."
Kristian was upset that Demi had been pursuing a relationship with another person, but things got a little better when Demi brought Derek and Kristian together for a sit-down. Kristian and Derek both agreed they wanted what Demi wanted, and that was Kristian.
Demi introduced the rest of the Paradise crew to Kristian and the couple received a date card to "rekindle" their romance. It was on their one-on-one date that Demi and Kristian fully cleared things up, ending dinner with a kiss and telling each other, "I love you." Sounds like Bachelor Nation now has a new couple to root for.
Season 6 of Bachelor in Paradise continues on Monday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.